March 10, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's softball team has been picked to finish eighth in the annual Little East Conference pre-season coaches' poll.
The Corsairs received eight points in the voting, 15 points behind Southern Maine, who was picked to finish seventh. Defending champion Eastern Connecticut State was picked to finish first, receiving seven of the eight first place votes and 63 points. Keene State was picked second with one first place vote and 56 points. Rhode Island College, Western Connecticut State, Plymouth State and UMass Boston were chosen third through sixth, respectively.
"Our pre-season ranking doesn't surprise me after we went 0-14 in the conference last year," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Sasin. "The overall ranking came out a I thought it would. It won't have any impact on how we play. This is the Little East, and anything can happen."
2011 Little East Softball Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank Institution First Place Total 1 Eastern Connecticut State University 7 63 2 Keene State College 1 56 3 Rhode Island College 45 4 Western Connecticut State University 44 5 Plymouth State University 25 6 University of Massachusetts Boston 24 7 University of Southern Maine 23 8 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 8